All posts by Frances Lamb

A new garden group for Carnegie – first meeting

Are you interested in helping to restore the garden at Carnegie?  The building works have left the border sections of the garden in a sorry state.  The rear garden has been landscaped, however the border gardens urgently need restoring.

Several people have expressed interest in forming a  garden group to take forward a careful renovation of the garden areas. This will involve firstly planning and seeking funds, and eventually planting to restore a lovely garden.   Some hard digging,  preferably by machine, will be needed along the way but we would not be expecting you to dig!

If you would like to join this group, or just to find out a bit more, come to a meeting at Carnegie on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 11.00 am.   We will meet inside the building, in the large room on the left as you enter.  If you might be interested, but can’t make that date let us know and we’ll keep you informed.

Special Public Meeting: Tackling Violent Crime in our neighbourhood

When: Saturday 16 February 2019

Where: Carnegie Library, 192 Herne Hill Road, London SE24 0AG

Time:   12 noon – 2.00 pm

A public meeting has been organised by Lambeth councillors to address the growing concern about violent crime, especially the impact it has on young people.  Last week Scotland Yard published latest figures showing that half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or even younger children.

Local community leaders, elected representatives, faith leaders and local police will be present to discuss ideas to help address the issue of violent crime. It is hoped this might become a recurring series of meetings, so if you are keen to keep this issue at the top of the agenda, please take the opportunity to make your voice heard.

Speakers include:

Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood

Florence Eshalomi, Assembly Member for Lambeth & Southwark

Cllr Mohammed Seedat, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, LB Lambeth

Pastor Peter Adigun Province Head Celestial Church of Christ, Loughborough Junction

Representatives from Lambeth Police Service

Organised by Herne Hill Ward Councillors.


The Carnegie Community Trust supports this event in pursuance of its charitable objects. A safe environment is essential to improving conditions of life in our area of benefit, and also to creating a successful Community Hub.


Season’s greetings

A big thank you to all who came to our pre-Christmas gathering at the Library, where the optimism and positivity of everyone was very encouraging.  People were excited by the new spaces becoming usable by the Community for the first time in decades.
If you couldn’t make it on the 10th, please feel free to get in touch and if you have any ideas, or some time to offer, let’s have a chat over coffee.

A list of some potential community activities is here.   Paper copies, and a post box, are available in the former Workroom (which CCT is licensed to use).  Some of the listed activities already existed before the building closed.

Let us all look forward to more progress in 2019, bringing this public building more fully into Community use.
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Carnegie Community Trust CIO

Pre-Christmas drinks Monday 10th December 2018

Pre-Christmas drinks Monday 10th December 2018

5 pm to 8 pm

Please join us at Carnegie for a glass of wine, a mince pie and a conversation about the new Community Hub.

By December the contractors should have finished the Gym fit-out and also some refurbishment of the ground and first floors, including new toilets. The Trust expects in the New Year to have a Licence to Occupy the ground and first floors, pending a formal lease later next year. We are currently advertising for a Project Manager funded by a Heritage Lottery start-up grant.

We are keen to hear your views on how to make the best (and most flexible) use of the Community spaces.

The building has huge potential for our Community but there is a lot to do.  We’re keen to speak with potential volunteers, ranging from new Trustees to occasional helpers who will work alongside paid staff as we develop.

We hope you see this as an exciting opportunity for our Community, and that you will want to take some part in it.  Do come and join us.

Best wishes,

Phil Isaac

Frances Lamb

Helen Schofield

Uma Suthersanen

Trustees – Carnegie Community Trust CIO



If relevant for you, please check with us whether the lift is back in operation.

Carnegie Conversion and Fit Out works: Phase 2 contract award

Following procurement, the winning bidder for the contract for ‘Phase 2 of the project for Conversion and Fit Out works to redevelop Carnegie Library, including a new Neighbourhood Library’ is G & V Joinery Limited.  The report to Cabinet recommending the contract award has been published on the Council’s website:  link

The report contains some description of the project and the works to be done. Please note there is a correction to para 3.2 of the report, which says ‘In addition, the contract award allows for a provision of a roof garden at a cost of £100,000’.  This is being corrected to say that the award  allows for provision of a terrace (or balcony) located over the mechanical and electrical plant rooms in the rear garden, and that  this option is capped at £100,000 and would require third party funding.   Any such terrace would be outside the existing door from the main hall to the garden, where a new brick stairway has been built.

The contract start date is 26th June 2018. The project is expected to be completed in November 2018.

Carnegie Community Trust CIO



News and Invitation to become a Trustee

CCT are continuing discussions with Lambeth about a 75 year lease, an interim licence to occupy and the details of the Stage Two contract which includes some new fitting out on the ground floor.

We aim to be using the building from early May, to begin implementation of our plans, including invitations to community groups and users to look round the ground and first floor rooms with us as they become accessible. This will be an important time for us to configure the use of the spaces in the library in manner which meets the needs and ambitions of the whole community.

We are also now applying for funding for capacity building, early implementation of our plans and ensuring a strong focus on the heritage of the building

So we are now also looking for new Trustees and would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to consider becoming one of the Trustees of this challenging and exciting project. We are looking for a range of diverse skills, experience, local knowledge and interests including heritage, local history, community engagement, planning and communications.

If you are not interested in the role of Trustee, but might like to be involved in a support role, again do let us know.

Please send an email to  and we will be in touch.

Carnegie Community Trust CIO

Season’s Greetings

Best wishes to all our supporters and everyone who cares about the future of Carnegie Library as a precious community space.

Let us all work together in 2018 to maximise the community benefit from this wonderful asset.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Carnegie Community Trust CIO

The Trust thanks Carol Boucher and Fred Taggart

Carol and Fred resigned as Trustees last month, and made a public statement of their reasons.  We wish to thank Carol and Fred publicly for their huge contribution over the past 5 years trying to safeguard Carnegie for the Herne Hill community.

Also last month, ironically, another restoration project where Fred was a trustee, the Halifax Piece Hall, was joint winner of Historic England’s 2017 award for ‘Best Rescue of a Historic Building’.

Carol and Fred put in untold hours of voluntary work on Carnegie.  With their good knowledge of the local area, and long experience of Lambeth Council, they were ideally suited to be Trustees.  They are sorely missed.  We are very grateful that both are willing to continue supporting our project as volunteers.

Phil Isaac
Frances Lamb
Helen Schofield